The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has selected Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, as one of 40 members of Congress whose districts will see a share of the $28 million worth of television airtime it has reserved leading up to the November election, according to the New York Times Caucus Blog.
The NYT described the inclusion of McNerney, among others, as a sign of worry from Democratic leaders. Democrats hope to stem an expected loss of seats in the mid-term election and retain majority control.
The GOP equivalent, the National Republican Congressional Committee, quickly declared the move as evidence that McNerney (and the other 39 Democrats) is in political trouble despite national analysts’ ratings that place the CD11 race in the Democrat’s court.
As one might expect, the campaign of McNerney’s challenger, Republican attorney David Harmer of Dougherty Valley, wholeheartedly concurred.
“It’s not unexpected that McNerney will receive help from (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi’s leadership,” said Harmer campaign spokesman Tim Clark. “(McNerney) has been a lockstep vote for her big-spending legislation time and again. The Democrats are simply acknowledging that McNerney is in real trouble because of his votes for bigger government and more deficit spending.”
The New York Times blog says that the party selected the 40 districts “based on polling, candidate fund-raising and the strength of Republican opposition.”